26 years ago, President Thomas S. Monson asked a question.

“Shall I falter, or shall I finish? On the answer await the blessings of joy and happiness here in mortality and eternal life in the world to come.”

The question is found in the July 1986 Ensign. President Monson wrote an article called “Finishers Wanted.” During the Sunday morning session of General Conference, President Monson showed us he is a finisher.

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In the talk, President Monson describes six marks of true finishers. Through the social media hashtag, #becauseofPresidentMonson, the world has described President Monson as a true finisher. He hits all of the necessary marks described in his message.

1. “The Mark of Vision. It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. We are constantly making small decisions. The outcome determines the success or failure of our lives. That is why it is worthwhile to look ahead, to set a course, and at least be partly ready when the moment of decision comes. True finishers have the capacity to visualize their objective.”



2. “The Mark of Effort. Vision without effort is daydreaming; effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize. Needed is the capacity to make that second effort when life’s challenges lay us low.

‘Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place and praise
Will always come to the one who stays. Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories after a while.’

—Author Unknown”



3. “The Mark of FaithMany years ago the psalmist wrote: ‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.’ (Ps. 118:8–9.) Recognize that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.”


4. “The Mark of Virtue. ‘Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly.’ (D&C 121:45.) This counsel from the Lord will provide staying power in the race we run.”




5. “The Mark of Courage. “Have the courage—

To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.
To right the unrightable wrong,
To love, pure and chaste from afar,
To try, when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star! *

And you will thus become a finisher.”



6. The Mark of Prayer. “When the burdens of life become heavy, when trials test one’s faith, when pain, sorrow, and despair cause the light of hope to flicker and burn low, communication with our Heavenly Father provides peace.”



Thank you for your example, President Monson. You have given me an example of a true finisher.

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About The Author

Lindsey served in the California Riverside Mission, Spanish-speaking. She now studies journalism at BYU. You can find her on Instagram, @lindseybwilliams, or on Twitter, @lindsey5brooke.

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